Francine Stock read languages at Jesus College, Oxford. After working in print journalism, she joined BBC Radio’s The World at One in 1983. She moved to television where she was a reporter and presenter on Newsnight for five years, with frequent foreign assignments during a period that spanned the dissolution of the former Soviet Union and the Gulf War. Her broadcasting work has included writing and presenting a wide range of radio and television programmes and she was one of the original presenters of BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. She is currently presenting Visionaries for BBC World News.
Her novel A Foreign Country was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award in 1999 and Man-Made Fibre was published in August 2002.